- Tue May 24, 2022 8:28 pm
American pitcher plants don't seem to mind getting their pitchers literally jam packed full of insects. Asian pitcher plants (nepenthes) on the other hand typically tend to be light eaters. They don't need much, and whenever you give them something they tend to be quicker to not throw off more pitchers and allow the ones they have to fade.
Weird when you consider it too. Nepenthes are often massive, and living in rich jungle areas with lots of insects, so you'd expect them to eat much more than a sarracenia living in a temperate bog area often in heavy clusters. But nature is an interesting beast.
Because nepenthes have a smaller appetite, I found mine prefer a diluted maxsea solution in their pitchers over insects or osmocote pellets. Or, I guess I should say, I prefer the growth results of a feed of diluted maxsea solution over other options. But YMMV.